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MS Tackles CS Education Crisis With Popularity Contest

frallon Please vote for CODERDOJO (141 comments)

Hi I'm involved with CoderDojo which is currently in 3rd place behind Coder.org (which is advised by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith). If you have a few minutes, please take the time to vote at
http://www.azuredevs.com/Programs
Thanks for your help.

about a year and a half ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

frallon NYU Courant Institute High School Summer Program (623 comments)

Any other alumni out there who spent the summers of 1986-1987 in the basement with the mainframes? Do you remember artspeak, prolog, lisp, prolog, C++ and Professor Mullish?

about a year and a half ago
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My relationship to military service:

frallon army of me (bjork) (525 comments)

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bjork/armyofme.html

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?

frallon www.udacity.com (525 comments)

new free 7-week CS101 starts next week. It teaches python.

more than 2 years ago
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If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

frallon Re:Shurikens (1142 comments)

I not only learned a lot about Shurikens, like yourself. But I am reassured to know there are other curious people like myself who know want to and know how to "learn stuff and figure things out" . If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About..how to learn stuff and figure out things you want to know.

more than 4 years ago
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11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics

frallon Re:And was never heard from again. . . (648 comments)

But what is life really all about anyway? Am I more of a success because I have a faithful wife and healthy children or is it something else?

Those are big questions...
The Harvard Grant study has tried to address those issues. Here is a recent article about the study (also from the Atlantic):
What Makes Us Happy? - The Atlantic (June 2009)

more than 5 years ago
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11-Year-Old Graduates With Degree In Astrophysics

frallon Re:And was never heard from again. . . (648 comments)

I had a path similar to the one you described - gifted high school, Ivy League college, burnout. Though instead of "civil service" I have ended up in a dilbert corporate cubicle job to pay the mortgage.

I hope this boy doesn't get Lost in the Meritocracy like I did.

Check out:
Lost in the Meritocracy - The Atlantic (January/February 2005)


Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn

--
I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
General George S. Patton

more than 5 years ago

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